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Pamela MacGee

Pamela Denise McGee

is an American retired professional women's basketball player and assistant coach. At age 34, Pamela was the second overall pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft. She played in the league for two seasons with the Sacramento Monarchs and Los Angeles Sparks.

McGee grew up in Flint, Michigan, where she attended Flint Southwestern Academy before graduating from Flint Northern High School.

McGee has a daughter,

current WNBA player Imani Boyette and a son, NBA player JaVale McGee currently with the Golden State Warriors. In 2012, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She lives in Annandale, Virginia. The consecutive NCAA championships followed two Michigan state championships at Flint Northern High School. Besides playing in France, Italy and Brazil, she was drafted #2 at 34 years old, into the WNBA. She starred for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs. JaVale McGee is the first son of a WNBA player to ever play in the NBA.[10] His younger half sister, 6'7" Imani Boyette, also plays in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky.[11] Pam, with a degree in economics, balanced her international basketball career with raising both children, home schooling, coaching and teaching school in the off season, though the formidable tasks were not without controversy. Her sister Paula holds two masters degrees, including one in the Hebrew Bible.

McGee played for the USA National team

in the 1983 World Championships, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The team won six games, but lost two against the Soviet Union. In an opening round game, the USA team had a nine-point lead at halftime, but the Soviets came back to take the lead, and a final shot by the USA failed to drop, leaving the USSR team with a one-point victory 85–84. The USA team won their next four games, setting up the gold medal game against USSR. This game was also close, and was tied at 82 points each with six seconds to go in the game. The Soviets Elena Chausova received the inbounds pass and hit the game winning shot in the final seconds, giving the USSR team the gold medal with a score of 84–82. The USA team earned the silver medal. McGee averaged 4.2 points per game.